NGO staff kidnapped by the Khalifa Soldiers, part of the Islamic State of West African province, ISWAP group may lose their lifes as others before them, sequence the non-negotiation illegal law for ransom policy by international organisations.

The five NGO staff who have been in contact with their offices on videos released to newsmen revealed that they have been in the death trap of the Khalifa Soldiers for almost a one month, however, there is no guarantee for their safety by their organisations.

Some days ago, the group requested for a ransom of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000, which is about forty-three million naira (N43,000,000) each, on the five aid staff kidnapped along Maiduguri and Monguno, this causing fears among families members, colleagues and friend that this workers may be executed by abductors if such policy is not review.

The NGO staff, Lucas Philibuz with the International Rescue Committee, IRC, Abdulrahman Dungus, with REACH International Initiative, Ishaku Yakubu, with the Action Against Hunger, AAH, Abdulrahman Bulama, a camp manager with state emergency management agency, SEMA and Joseph Prince, a local guard with Halogen security has been seeing in a fresh video released by their abductors.

Speaking with some officials of the NGOs in Maiduguri, newsmen discovered that, there were no proper agreement among the NGO’s in assuring the bail of their staff.

A source from NGO office who requested not to be mentioned spoke to our correspondent in Maiduguri, “You know we NGO have policies guiding our operations, and in a situation like this, all we are doing is to make the insurgents understand our position on ransom negotiation. We have a policy of no payment for ransom. We hope that their abductors would see reasons and free them on the basis that they are humanitarian workers who are helping people in dire need and not part of the conflict.”

Reactions from the people on the videos of the five aid staff circulating on the social media, Alhaji Auwal Tahir told newsmen that only prayers can release those NGO workers.

Alhaji Auwal Tahir said “I did not see any of these organisations taking over N40 million for ransom for their staff. After all, how much are they paying these staff who are risking their lives on a dangerous voyage to help those in need in unreached locations?. The National staff who are doing the work are receiving peanuts while the so-called expatriates are getting their money in dollars and sitting in big hotels within the city.”

A civil servant, mr Modu Mustapha, remembered the NGO and UN staff who were murdered in early 2019.

He also said, ” These NGOs will be busy telling people that they are trying to negotiate, but actually, they are not doing anything. The issue is clear and simple and without dragging of foot. They have a policy that is strangling their staff. They are not dealing with rebels in this case but a kind of religious maggots who think differently. I pray these innocent souls regain their freedom.”

We pray for divine intervention for their quick release

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